Farming for a living?

fastfarmgirl(8)February 23, 2009

HI everyone. I have been reading the forum for sometime but this is my first posting. I live and work on a farm in Alabama. I mean to say farming is my livelihood with no outside employer. I have never had a W-2. We have a home garden and field crops. We have horses, hogs, goats, cows, chickens and other critters. I was wondering how many people on here make their living farming? How about some of their living farming? How many have no income from farming? It is something I have been wondering about for some time but never asked. I hope I am not being to forward with my first posting but I had to ask.

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msjay2u(7)

Well welcome aboard! No I am not a farmer nor do I make any money with my animals. I guess that makes me a wanna be. LOL

I am sure you will be an asset to the group so please feel free to post whatever is on your mind. For the most part we are a friendly group but like any group little spats do sometimes break out. Don't let it scare you off.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2009 at 8:36PM
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brendasue(6)

Wanna be here too, but we wanna be self sufficient by the time we retire. We're working on it.
Brendasue

    Bookmark   February 23, 2009 at 8:54PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

Hobby farmer but some income from farming by default.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2009 at 9:44PM
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fancifowl(5Pa)

We have always farmed at some scale. Always had an off farm income. We have small acreage so we have bred purebred stock to gain those premium dollars, not always so premium! Sold extra hay at times. A few years ago I sold my business and the large stock and bred purebred poultry selling hatching eggs and started birds. Now its just a few ornamental fowl and the market garden. we dont generate a living but we do rely on the garden income. Most farmers around here have at least 1 off farm income, even the larger dairies.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2009 at 10:26PM
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seramas

I have income indirectly from farming-during the 70's and early 80's bought farms out of foreclosure and had the farmer stay to work the land, putting in many improvements (irrigation-fences-new buildings) forming a cooperative equipment use between them so no one farm had a large outlay for equipment. Having them all work each others place when needed to reduce labor expenses. Splitting profits 50/50. Once on their feet gave them the option to repurchase their farms if they wanted. To this day no one wants-they kinda like this arrangement.

Have many different investments that enable me to be self-employed. Currently enjoying retirement.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2009 at 11:08PM
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runningtrails

I'm a wanna be too and like Brendasue, wanna be self sufficient when we retire. We both work full time off the farm but do have a little income selling eggs and veggies, which I'm hoping to improve on next year. I think one of us will always work, at least part time, off farm.

Wow, great investment, Seramas!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 6:33AM
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fastfarmgirl(8)

Thank you msjay2u for the welcome and everyone else for your replies. I hope to hear from more members.

Islandmanmitch, do you own a private island and have or having your corn certified for select sales?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 5:59PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

Yes I do. Yes I am trying to get my corn certified for select sales. How would a girl in bama know to ask me those questions? Do I know you?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 9:04PM
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msjay2u(7)

Maybe she is stalking you. (corn stalk get it) okay okay that was bad. LOL and fastfarmgirl I was only kidding...

You do live on an Island? Interesting! Are there wild horses there too?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 9:31PM
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seramas

Msjay2u, sounds like a 'kernel' of humor there!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 10:17PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

Ok this thread is getting corny.
No wild horses.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2009 at 10:28PM
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runningtrails

Hi Fastfarmgirl!

That's great that you can make a living farming!
What areas of farming make you the most money.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 5:55AM
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pamghatten(wny5)

Another hobby person here, I have some farm income from a part-time daylily nursery ... full time banker.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 1:33PM
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kydaylilylady(z6 KY)

Husband runs 400 acre cow/calf operation for his mother, lawyers part time. I work full time and part time raise produce and prepare value added products for 2 farmers markets plus run a daylily nursery that has both local and internet sales.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 3:05PM
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fastfarmgirl(8)

runningtrails Crops.

islandmanmitch Last year my buyer stop by. Knowing I am a honey fanatic he offered me a sample of honey. Wanted my opinion. OMG!!! It was absolutely the best. I never tasted honey so unique. He said it came from a private island in Florida. It is surrounded by national forest land. He called you the islandman. You were trying to get your corn certified. That is all he would tell me. He wanted a contract on your honey. I don't blame him. You have the real "Ulee's Gold" with your honey. BTW Ulee was from Gulf County Florida. Did they make a movie about you? LOL. On GW I see your screen name 'islandman' . Someone said you have a lot of 'corn' . I searched the threads and found you have 'bees' . Adds up to Ulee. I would brave a swarm of killer bees for some of your honey. Is it possible for me to get some of your gold? Are you under contract? We have the same buyer. Maybe we can work it out with him?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 5:38PM
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msjay2u(7)

CREEPY!!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 6:22PM
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seramas

Creepy to some, but new beginnings to others. I'm anxious to see the next installment--sort of like the old Folgers commercials.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 7:22PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

You said buyer. Are your fields certified and do you have a contract already?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 7:53PM
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fastfarmgirl(8)

They are certified. I have a contract for 2009.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 8:01PM
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islandmanmitch(z 8/9 FL)

My first year was a 4.3. Second year 4.7. Trying again this year. I need help. Please e-mail me IslandManMitch@aol.com.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 8:13PM
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fastfarmgirl(8)

runningtrails My parents learned you can't compete with big agribusiness. Big ag make their money with volume. We earn a living for a family of 6 (husband 4 sons and myself) on a growing farm. We have purchased 2 adjacent farms. The challenge is finding the niche market. We found our niche 12 years ago. We contract to grow specific crops to the requirements of the customer. Something big business will never do. Good luck finding your niche. I love your art.

msjay2u First time being called creepy. Not nice. I liked stalker better. That was funny. I don't care who you are that was funny. Fit right in with my hunting him down. LOL I really like your humor. You are a hoot.

seramas Your my hero.

I grew up on a farm + I ran track in college = fast farm girl. Not because I chase down island men trying to get some honey. LOL I do want some of his honeybees honey. It is out of this world.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 11:01PM
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msjay2u(7)

I was not calling you creepy I was saying the situation was kinnda creepy. You know when people find you on the internet it can make you feel good when people know you but when someone you don't know...well I don't know what I am saying. Forget I said it. LOL. Hopefully you guys can make the connection work.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 11:28PM
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fastfarmgirl(8)

It's all good. I came here to meet people with a common interest. Make new friends. Learn from others. Maybe help others. So far so good. I hope more members tell about their farms. Be it 500 acres or 500 square feet.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 7:32AM
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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

Its not creepy, its a little bit of chance plus some good solid inductive and deductive reasoning. Now where is Dr. Watson?

Good luck

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 12:45PM
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